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Hillsborough match commander found not guilty of manslaughter in deaths of 95 football fans in 1989 stadium disaster

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Duckenfield, now 75, was the match commander when a crush at the FA Cup semifinal tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.After hearing more than six weeks of evidence, the jury of seven women and three men returned the not guilty verdict at Preston Crown Court. Duckenfield, who was a chief superintendent with South Yorkshire Police in April 1989, was not charged in the death of the 96th supporter, Tony Bland, who passed away in 1993.That is because laws at the time prevented prosecution over a death more than 366 days after injuries were sustained. This was the second time Duckenfield has faced trial over the disaster, which occurred at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club's Hillsborough ground on April 15, 1989. A jury was unable to reach a verdict earlier in 2019.During the first trial, the jury found Graham Mackrell, former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, guilty on a separate charge of breaching his safety duty.Mackrell, who was a safety officer for the club's HRead More – Source